Carencro High’s Academy of Information Technology placed second in the ninth annual Louisiana High School Online Technology Challenge held by the University of Louisiana at Monroe earlier this month.

As part of the competition, teams from across the state compete by performing complex tasks that focus on technology, design and communication.

Team members were seniors Laci Bruno, Tyton Charles, Justin Gautreau, Olivia Gibson, Andrea Harris, Nathan Hoffpauir and Delman Tibbetts and juniors Shallon Broussard, Anthony Carlton, Thomas Contella, Jawuan Espadron, Connor Howat, Tristin Meche, Cris Russ, Josh Sias, D’Andrea Thomas and Matthew Trahan.

“I love this competition because it truly simulates a competitive work environment that brings out the best in our students. It requires them to be both leaders and followers as they multitask together to complete all the diverse tasks,” Donna Denny, Carencro High team coach, said in a news release. “We get to see our students rise to the top of their game, the stress level is high and production levels must be precise and rapid with strict deadlines and penalties for noncompliance. It’s both exhausting and gratifying for all involved.”

The academy’s advisory board president Brian West credited the academy’s teachers for preparing students to take on the challenge.